This is an analysis of the poem The Doll's Wooing that begins with:

The little French doll was a dear little doll
Tricked out in the sweetest of dresses;... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: XabbacccX XdcXdeeeX cfggfhhhX XgXhgeeeX
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 9,9,9,9,
  • Closest metre: trochaic tetrameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: no rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 01011101101 110010010 01001 011001 111010010 0110111011 101011111011 101001001011 100100 01001011111 110010110 11101 1010110 0011000010 101101001111 001011101011 11011011101 100100 11011111011 1101110110 101011 101001 1010110010 11111001001 11101001101 01101101111 100100 01001101001 1000010010 111100 101101 110111010 11011001011 101001111011 01111011011 100100
  • Amount of stanzas: 4
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 330
  • Average number of words per stanza: 59
  • Amount of lines: 36
  • Average number of symbols per line: 36 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 7
  • Mood of the speaker:

    There are many exclamation marks in the poem. The speaker is excited. He or she has strong feelings on the subject that is described in the poem.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; her, and, little, so, he are repeated.

    The author used the same word the at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    The poet repeated the same word mamma at the end of some neighboring stanzas. The poetic device is a kind of epiphora.

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  • summary of The Doll's Wooing;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
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